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The Propaganda Bureau Paperback – December 12, 2012
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Andrew Montford is one of the UK's best-known global warming sceptics and the author of The Hockey Stick Illusion, the best-selling story of climatology's greatest scandal. He appears regularly on TV and radio as the UK's voice of rational opposition to global warming alarmism.
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Except--were they really experts? The BBC described them as mostly climate scientists, but did not name them. The pensioner decided to try to find out who had attended.and submitted a Freedom of Information request. The BBC stonewalled, citing the Chatham House rules that protected the anonymity of experts proffering advice. The pensioner and author Montford persisted, gradually forcing the BBC into court at last. Once again, they came in with a horde of lawyers, facing the pensioner alone (well his wife was with him). Obviously considerable financial resources were expended to keep secret the names of all these "climate scientists". The conflict became named "28Gate."
I won't give away the ending here, but it raises deep concerns about the power of small groups to influence a mighty broadcasting entity to adopt a stance that can affect millions of people, including children. Trust once lost is hard to regain. Will the BBC review its actions in this matter? Or are we in for another cover-up a-la Watergate?